Definition of alchemy:
- A mixed metal composed mainly of brass, formerly used for various utensils; hence, a trumpet.
- An imaginary art which aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, to find the panacea, or universal remedy for diseases, etc. It led the way to modern chemistry.
- Miraculous power of transmuting something common into something precious.
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His mysterious labours along with your father at night- time were, I daresay, nothing more than secret experiments in alchemy, with which your mother could not be over well pleased, owing to the large sums of money that most likely were thrown away upon them; and besides, your father, his mind full of the deceptive striving after higher knowledge, may probably have become rather indifferent to his family, as so often happens in the case of such experimentalists.- "Weird Tales. Vol. I", E. T. A. Hoffmann.
The work in question was actually mistaken for a commentary on the Book of Changes, mentioned in a former lecture, though it is in reality a treatise upon alchemy, and also upon the concoction of pills of immortality.- "China and the Chinese", Herbert Allen Giles.
- "Christian Mysticism", William Ralph Inge.